Closet Project: Success and a Lesson

by Kay Lynn

organized closet

The plan to clean out our closets this weekend was a success.  I can’t believe how nice it looks and easier it is to find a particular item.

We got to the task first thing Saturday morning.  Mr. Boomer and I tackled it together section by section.  He would unload each area and every item went into one of three places: donate, trash or back in the closet.

I was ruthless even when it came to my shoes.  I probably still have more pairs than needed, but only kept those I actually wear.

Before you knew it, the entire closet was done.  In less than two hours we had transformed an overcrowded, disorganized closet.  That’s when the lesson hit me.

Putting off something that needs to be done usually results in the job becoming bigger in one’s mind.  I had blown up this chore into a huge ordeal.  Procrastination had gotten the better of me once again.

Having that charity truck scheduled broke the impasse and spurred us me into action.  Yesterday, the truck arrived and was quickly loaded with a bed, dresser, TV, and a dozen bags of donated items.  We received a receipt for tax purposes.  Both parties were happy and my house feels lighter!

Do you have any tips for overcoming procrastination?

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krantcents May 17, 2011 at 8:33 am

I try to make a small effort on a big project. It may take longer, but it is seems easier. For example, I hate cleaning out the garage. I don’t mind spending 30-60 minutes working on one section. If I don’t do it this way, it would probably never do it.

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Denise @ The Single Saver May 17, 2011 at 9:37 am

I am a terrible procrastinator. So for me, the trick is to always do a little of various tasks so nothing ever gets too big, out of control, or far behind.

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iamtheworkingpoor May 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I have some great tips to help you with procrastination. I’ll tell you tomorrow. 🙂

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South County Girl May 17, 2011 at 6:30 pm

You can’t think about it… you just have to do it and not put it off for later.

Yesterday the thought of getting off the couch and doing housework was just blah… The more I thought about it, the less I did.

So today when I got home from work I didn’t sit down right away. I walked to the kitchen with my lunch paid, emptied the containers into the sink to rinse the out… and then emptied the sink (and the other dishes from last nights dinner) and put them in the dishwasher… I went to change out of my work clothes, grabbed the basket from the closet and picked up the dirty clothes from the floor and then carried them to the machine… Once the load was started I noticed the dryer was full, finished, and ready to be folded (my fiance dried the clothes before he left) and since I already had the basket in my hand i grabbed the clothes and just went back into the room and put them away… I quickly made the bed… put together a salad in the kitchen for the pot luck i’m going to tonight… AND THEN SAT DOWN.

If i wouldn’t have “rested” first I wouldn’t have done any of those tasks… which took maybe a half hour.

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Jackie May 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Kudos on cleaning out your closet! Did you find anything interesting? Where did you donate your goodies?

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First Gen American May 19, 2011 at 1:16 am

My old hairdresser had a rule that if he hadn’t worn something for a year, it goes. You know, I’ve learned over the years that no matter how many clothes I seem to have, I end up wearing the same handful of things over and over again. I’m due for a purge myself.

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Barb Friedberg May 19, 2011 at 6:03 am

Kay Lynn, It never ceases to amaze me how these tasks we put off for years, take such a small amount of time to complete and are so REWARDING! Congrats!

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Bill Birnbaum May 19, 2011 at 8:10 am

Congratulations on overcoming procrastination. I’ve been promising myself, for months, that I’d clean up my office, but I still haven’t done it. Procrastination, that’s my problem. Bill

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Betsy May 19, 2011 at 9:23 am

This post has convicted me to finally get to my closet. I have been putting it off for way to long and am starting to feel overwhelmed. It’s like waiting until tax day to figure out what forms to use and actually do your taxes.

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Nanci Murdock May 20, 2011 at 5:16 am

Yay! I just did the same thing last week (after over a year of procrastinating) Spring is here in Montreal and it felt right to clean out the old (and make room for the new!). I was also ruthless – had clothes I’d bought, “for when I lost weight” (sigh), that still had the price tag on them. Oh well, lesson learned.

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Financial Samurai May 21, 2011 at 6:32 am

I have recently disocvered eBay and therefore have been filling my close with all the Nike Air Jordan shoes I could not afford as a kid! Addiction!

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